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Targets and Mandatory Vaccinations

The key to the Territory remaining safe is vaccines.

The Territory must reach at least 80% of the eligible Territory population being vaccinated.

  • More than 80% of the population over 16 being fully vaccinated
  • Each of the five regions in the Territory reaching 80%
  • Each of the age cohorts being either above or very close to 80 per cent
  • Remote communities reaching 80-90% vaccinated
  • A growing rate of vaccinations among children aged 12 to 16 years

Once the Territory reaches the 80% target the following steps can occur.

  • It is mandatory for workers in certain settings across the Northern Territory to get the COVID-19 vaccination and show evidence of this to their employer to continue working in the same role.

    This includes that they:

    • Are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
    • Have received a first dose by 12 November 2021 and have a booking to receive a second dose by 24 December 2021
    • Are not vaccinated
    • Have a proven contraindication to all available vaccines

    Mandatory vaccination for workers

    The below list provides some examples of the types of workers required to get the COVID-19 vaccination. If your occupation falls under one of the categories, you are required to get the COVID-19 vaccine in line with the CHO Direction, even if it is not directly specified.

    Workers Requiring Vaccination 

    Category 1

    A worker who is likely to come into contact with people who are at risk of severe illness from COVID, work with Aboriginal people, or who works with people who cannot be vaccinated due to age or a contraindication to all vaccines.

    People who work with children

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Teachers
    • Child care workers
    • Tutors
    • Coaches
    • Dancing teachers
    • Swimming instructors

    People who work in customer-facing roles

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Retail
    • Finance
    • Hospitality
    • Veterinary services
    • Gyms
    • Beauty

    People who work with vulnerable people

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Disability care workers
    • Personal carers
    • Legal service providers

    People who work in Aboriginal communities and community services sector

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Community stores
    • Regional councils
    • Aboriginal art centres
    • Remote community Police
    • Cleaning contractors
    • Tradespeople
    • Domestic and family violence services
    • Alcohol and other drugs
    • Youth services
    • Faith based leaders in remote communities

    Category 2

    A worker who is at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or who work in a high risk setting where there is a known risk of COVID-19 transmission or outbreak.

    People who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 because they may come into contact with a person or thing that poses a risk of infection during the course of their work.

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Health care workers in hospitals and emergency departments
    • Police and emergency service workers
    • Workers in quarantine facilities & border control workers
    • GP clinics, respiratory clinics, pharmacies

    People who work in high risk settings where COVID-19 transmission or an outbreak may occur

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Correction and detention facilities
    • Homeless shelters
    • Mine sites
    • Food processing distribution
    • Cold storage facilities including abattoirs
    • Cruise ships

    Category 3

    A worker who performs work in essential infrastructure, food or essential goods security or supply, or logistics in the Territory.

    People who work in essential infrastructure and logistics

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Essential infrastructure including electricity, gas, water, sewerage, telecommunications and remote infrastructure
    • A person who is critical to the NT’s COVID-19 response, who is not included in Category 1
    • COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre

    Residential Aged Care Workers

    Residential aged care workers are required to provide evidence to their employer that they:

    • Are fully vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
    • Have received a first dose by 17 September 2021 and have a booking to receive a second dose by 31 October 2021

    Quarantine Workers

    Quarantine workers are required to provide evidence to their employer that they:

    • Are fully vaccinated, having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
    • Have received a first dose of the vaccine by 15 October 2021 and have a booking to receive the second dose by 26 November 2021
    • Comply with the required COVID-19 testing regime

    Freight Transport Workers

    Freight and Transport workers are required to provide evidence to their employer that they:

    • Are fully vaccinated, having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
    • Have received a first dose of the vaccine by 1 November 2021 and have a booking to receive the second dose by 13 December 2021
    • Get tested for COVID-19 every seven days

    Exemptions

    Exemptions to the CHO Direction mandating vaccination for certain workers are only permitted where the person is not able to receive an approved vaccine because they have a contraindication to all available COVID-19 vaccines and they have evidence of this.

    Visit your doctor for advice on this.  Your doctor must have regard to the latest clinical information from ATAGI and provide you with a medical certificate that you are contraindicated to all available COVID-19 vaccines. You can also receive a medical certificate through the Commonwealth.

    Information for Employers

    The employer or workplace operator is required to collect information about a worker’s vaccination status, and keep a register of this. The employer must also record that they have sighted evidence of vaccination. These records will need to be provided to an authorised officer upon request.

    If a worker has not complied with the requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19, they must not attend their normal workplace. The employer must take reasonable steps to make sure this happens.

    An employer or workplace operator is able to make alternative arrangements for a worker who has not complied with requirement to get vaccinated including working at an alternative location or in a manner which complies with the CHO Direction.

    This includes a location where the worker is not likely to:

    • Come into contact with a vulnerable person
    • Come into contact with a person or thing that poses a risk of infection by COVID-19
    • Be exposed to a high risk of infection by COVID-19.

    NT Health mobile vaccination teams are available to provide information sessions on the COVID-19 vaccine for businesses and staff. They can also establish a pop-up vaccination clinic in the workplace to vaccinate eligible staff. For more information please contact the NT Health vaccination team at COVID.MobileVaccination@nt.gov.au

    Getting vaccinated

    The best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and the NT is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

    It is very effective at preventing infection, serious illness and hospitalisation from COVID-19.

    All people aged 12 years and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It is recommended pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding have the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine gives you around 90% protection against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

    Before COVID-19 vaccines are used in Australia, they must pass strict safety standards. Almost 13 million Australians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than four billion doses have been given across the world, with no long term side effects detected.

    If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and your health, the best person to speak to is your doctor or pharmacist.

    Make getting the vaccine a priority. Don’t delay, get it today. It takes six weeks from your first dose to be fully protected.

    Vaccine appointments are available at NT Vaccination Centres, GP Clinics, Respiratory Clinics, Pharmacies and Aboriginal Health Clinics.

    Book online or call the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484. Walk-ins are welcome at NT COVID-19 Vaccination Centres in Palmerston, Coolalinga, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Gove.

    For more information visit the COVID-19 vaccine page

  • The NT will transition its hot spots policy to three types of travel categories.

    Different rules apply for travellers depending on vaccination status.

    1. Green category – if you arrive in the Territory from any place that is not a designated COVID hot spot.

      All arrivals from green zones – both vaccinated and unvaccinated –  can enter the NT. This is the same rule that we have now for any area that is not a hot spot.

    2. Orange category – if you arrive from an area that has low to medium level COVID risk.

      Vaccinated travellers from an orange zone will be required to self-quarantine – at home or in another suitable location – and you can leave quarantine once you get a negative test result.

      Unvaccinated travellers from an orange zone will be banned from entering the Territory unless you have an approved reason for travel (returning resident or essential work purposes). If you have an approved reason for travel and are unvaccinated you will be required to quarantine at Howard Springs or Alice Springs for 14 days.

    3. Red category – if you arrive from an area that has been designated as a COVID hot spot by the Chief Health Officer.

      Vaccinated people from red zones will not have to quarantine in Howard Springs or the Alice Springs facility. You will be required to do 14-days of self-quarantine (at home or in another suitable location).

      Unvaccinated travellers from a red zone will be banned from entering the Territory unless you have an approved reason for travel (returning resident or essential work purposes). If you have an approved reason for travel and are unvaccinated you will be required to quarantine at Howard Springs or Alice Springs for 14 days.

      There will be allowances made for people who cannot get vaccinated - like children under 12, and some people who have medical reasons.
  • Once the 80% plus vaccination target is reached there will be changes to how the NT does lockdowns if there is a positive case in the community.

    The current system of targeted, short and sharp lockdowns will now include the option of a lock-out.

    Under a lock-out, vaccinated people will not be locked down and can continue to be active in the community but will be required to wear a mask.

    There may be some internal travel restrictions - to stop people from an outbreak area going into other areas - but for vaccinated people restrictions will be minimal.

    Under a lock-out, unvaccinated people will be locked down and only permitted to leave home for the five reasons currently allowed during a lock down.

    There will be allowances made for people who cannot get vaccinated - like children under 12, and some people who have medical reasons.

  • The Territory Check In app will be crucial during lock-down and lock-out.

    It will be upgraded to link to people’s vaccination certificate so that only vaccinated people can enter venues and premises during a lockdown or lockout situation.

    For vaccinated people – this will be your Freedom Pass. For people who make the choice not to get vaccinated – no vax means no Freedom Pass.

    Options are being worked through for vaccinated people without access to apps or QR codes.

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